The other day, I listened to Glenn Gould record the Goldberg Variations. Not play them—that's easy enough with three recordings available—but record. Sony Classical has released a new multiple CD set that is the entirety of Gould's 1955 Goldberg’s session: Glenn Gould—The Goldberg Variations—Complete Unreleased Recording Sesssions June, 1955. The master release, again, is easy enough … Continue reading Play It Again, Glenn
And think Jaco Pastorius. Jaco was an astonishing, jaw-dropping player, the kind of musician who has you at first not quite believing that the things he is doing can actually be done.
In the course of a year, I listen to more jazz on record and hear more classical music in the concert hall. That’s a matter of circumstances; I would prefer that were reversed, but there are few opportunities for me to write about live jazz, and jazz venues are generally unwelcoming to the those without … Continue reading 2016 Classical Releases—The Last Word
The depth and range of 2016 reissues and archival releases was not as great as previous that of previous, years (especially 2015), but there were a small handful of such releases this year that were of rare quality and importance. The most notable was Decca’s release of their Mozart 225 complete edition of his works. … Continue reading Best Reanimations 2016
After listening to what is now close to 500 recordings with a 2016 release date, I feel like I’ve discovered some themes. Some of this is the elusive zeitgeist, what is on the minds of musical artists; some is longer term trends having to do with technology and pop culture; some may just be coincidence. … Continue reading 2016 Notes and Tones
52 of the best new releases of the year
These 2016 jazz releases occupied my mind and body. That's my highest level of response.
No composer is as loved for all the wrong reasons than Erik Satie.